Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism

NECSS 2019 will feature four full days of presentations, panels, workshops, and more featuring dozens of speakers from the worlds of both science and skepticism.

What is NECSS?

The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (pronounced “nexus”) is a science and critical thinking conference held annually in New York City. NECSS welcomes leading scientists, educators, activists, and artists who educate and engage conference attendees through individual presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and performance pieces. NECSS is as much a meeting of minds as it is a conference, and social events and mixers are organized throughout the weekend to allow attendees the opportunity to mix and mingle in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Who is NECSS for?

NECSS is for everyone! NECSS attracts hundreds of people, from all different walks of life, from around the world. It is a forum for the general public to mingle with scientists, educators, philosophers, medical professionals, students, and many other people that you might not ordinarily meet. Everyone can find something of interest during these four days of conversation!

What Else?

Now in its 11th year, NECSS is produced by New York City Skeptics, the New England Skeptical Society, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and The Society for Science-Based Medicine. NECSS attracts hundreds of people from all walks of life from around the world. Presenters include scientists, educators, philosophers, entertainers, activists, and authors from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, each of whom will share their unique perspective with conference attendees.

2019 Speakers

Meet our speakers, panelists, and workshop presenters

Carl Zimmer

Keynote Speaker

Our Keynote Speaker, Carl Zimmer is ....

    Leighann Lord

    Emcee, comedian, writer, and actress

    Leighann Lord was the New York City face of the African Americans for Humanism outreach campaign sponsored by the Center for

      Mary Roach

      Author, Science Communication

        Paul Offit

        Pediatrician and co-inventor of rotavirus vaccine

          Heather Berlin

          Cognitive Neuroscientist

          Heather Berlin is a cognitive neuroscientist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount S

            Evan Bernstein

            Co-Host of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

            Evan Bernstein is a co-host of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe and The Skeptics Guide 5×5 podcasts. He serves as the C

              Spiro Condos

              Dentist/skeptical activist

              Spiro Condos is a dentist in private practice in NYC and an associate clinical professor at NYU teaching post-graduate implan

                Russ Dobler

                Science Editor for AiPT

                Russ Dobler has a degree in geophysics and a certificate in journalism, which he combines in his role as Science Editor for t

                  Liz Gaston


                    Debbie Goddard

                    Vice President, Programs at American Atheists

                      David Gorski

                      Science-Based Medicine

                        George Hrab


                        Multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and defender of the theory of gravity George Hrab has traveled

                          Andrea Jones-Rooy

                          Social Scientist specializing in complexity

                            Brant MacDuff


                              Bob Novella

                              Co-Host of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

                                Jay Novella

                                Co-Host of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

                                Jay Novella is a skeptical activist, a science popularizer and co-host of The Skeptics’ Guide To The Universe, a top 10 sci

                                Steven Novella

                                Neurologist and Host of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

                                Dr. Steve Novella is an academic clinical neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine. He is the president and co-found

                                Cara Santa Maria

                                Science Communication and Co-Host of The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

                                Cara Santa Maria is a Los Angeles Area Emmy and Knight Foundation Award winning journalist, science communicator, television

                                Eric Walton

                                Magician and Mentalist

                                  Brian Wecht

                                  Comedian, Musician, and Physicist

                                  Brian Wecht is a comedian, musician, and theoretical physicist.

                                  Odaelys Walwyn

                                  Microbiologist, Immunologist, and Educator





                                    2019 Schedule

                                    Draft Schedule Subject to Change

                                    9:30am - 10am
                                    12:45pm - 2:15pm
                                    LUNCH (on your own)
                                    Jay Novella & Brian Wecht
                                    9:30am - 10am
                                    11:30am - 12:45pm
                                    How Science and Skepticism are Portrayed in Popular Culture
                                    12:45pm - 2:15pm
                                    LUNCH (on your own)
                                    3:45pm - 5pm
                                    How to be Skeptical About Your Health Care
                                    8pm - 12am
                                    Drinking Skeptically
                                    7:00PM – 9:00PM
                                    Real/Fake Science

                                    Real/Fake Science

                                    NECSS ventures into Brooklyn for this interactive performance. Real/Fake Science features six presenters and six topics, some will be fabricated and some factual, some scientists and some charlatans. Faced with uncertainty can you sort the fact from the fiction?.


                                    • Date: Thursday July 11
                                    • Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM (doors open at 6:30PM)
                                    • Registration: ($35 early bird pricing)
                                    • Location: The Pine Box (12 Grattan St, Brooklyn, NY 11206)*

                                    At this one-of-a-kind interactive mystery science event participants are invited to surf the line between fact and fiction. Cunning presenters will confound you with their alternate facts and surprising truths. Join fellow skeptics and prepare to be regaled with tales of real and fake science, recounted by knowledgeable presenters hailing from a range of scientific disciplines. Participants will compete for the distinction of Most Discerning! The science will be fantastic and some will be phony! Be prepared to listen closely and keep your smartphones and internet gadgets stowed away.

                                    *Located a short 15 minute ride across the river into Brooklyn!

                                    10AM - 12PM
                                    SGU Private Show
                                    11AM - 1PM
                                    1PM - 5PM
                                    NECSS Main Conference Day 1
                                    8:00pm - 10:00pm
                                    SGU Extravaganza
                                    The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe
                                    10:00pm - 12:00am
                                    Drinking Skeptically
                                    8AM - 9AM
                                    9AM - 12PM
                                    NECSS Main Conference Day 2 (morning session)
                                    12PM - 1:30PM
                                    LUNCH (on your own)
                                    1:30PM - 6PM
                                    NECSS Main Conference Day 2 (afternoon session)
                                    8pm - 10pm
                                    NECSS Social
                                    8AM - 9AM
                                    9AM - 12:30PM
                                    NECSS Main Conference Day 3 (morning session)
                                    12:30PM - 2PM
                                    LUNCH (on your own)
                                    2PM - 6PM
                                    NECSS Main Conference Day 3 (afternoon session)

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                                    Register Today!

                                    NECSS 2019 early bird registration is now open! Discount pricing is available until June 14th.

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                                    • Regular seating
                                    • Free snacks
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                                    • Front seats
                                    • Free snacks
                                    • VIP Badge
                                    • VIP lounge access
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                                    • Front seats
                                    • Free snacks
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